THE FUTURE IS HERE

The Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Convention

10-11 October 2022

why this convention matters

In August 2021, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report concluding that there is no doubt that human activity is causing climate change. The report estimates that current temperatures are about 1.0°C higher than pre-industrial temperatures and predicts that temperatures will likely warm by 1.5°C by the early 2030s.


Temperature increases of 1.5°C to 2°C are regarded as being dangerous. Warming in the interior of the Southern Africa region is of particular concern and is occurring at about twice the global average, which heightens the risk of extreme events such as droughts and heatwaves.


Although we cannot reverse the effects of climate change, it is vital that we do everything possible to mitigate climate change and protect the agriculture industry. The CSA Convention will provide a platform for collaborative synergy of high-level strategic thinkers, visionaries and like-minded professionals in the agriculture industry, to bring about a more sustainable industry in the context of climate change.

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meet our keynote speakers

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Guest SpeakerS

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PRESENTATIONS

Professor Eugene Cloete

Former Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research, Innovation and postgraduate studies at Stellenbosch University

Topic: Eco-nomics: Is this the way to a sustainable future?

Professor Stephanie Midgley

Scientist: Climate Change and Risk Assessment, Western Cape Department of Agriculture (DoA)

Sibusiso Manana

Head of Agriculture TIA

Topic: Investments and Support for Climate Smart Agriculture solutions

Professor Nick

Kotze

SUN Chair: Plant Health

PANEL 1: THE RISKS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

Professor Willem Landman

Meteorology in the Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology (GGM), UP

Topic: Getting smarter with climate data

Dr Peter Johnston

Climate Scientist, UCT

Topic: Climate change impacts in South Africa - a focus on agriculture and water

Johan van den Berg

Agricultural Meteorologist

Topic: Climate change - some on-farm considerations

Dr Miekie Human

Research & Policy Officer, Grain SA Consultant

Topic: Working towards climate resilience of grain and oilseed producers

Andrea Campher

Risk and Disaster Management, Agri SA

Topic: Disaster Risk Management in Agriculture: 2021/2022 Case Study

PANEL 2: CLIMATE SMART AGRICULTURE (CSA) DECISION-MAKING TOOLS

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Gottfried Pessl

CEO/Founder,

Pessl Instruments GmbH

Topic: Do technologies, IoT and DSS have the potential to be the new safeguards for food security in a growing world population?

Marius Boshoff

Chief Strategy Officer (CSO), WinField United South Africa

Topic: Metos SA and the Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Project

Gerard Martin

Executive Manager Winetech

Topic: Terraclim - taking an Idea to value in the SA wine industry

Dr Tara Southey

Founder of TerraClim

Topic: Terraclim- integrated data-driven decision-making tool as agriculture warms up to change

PANEL 3 – ESG, SUSTAINABILITY & BEYOND

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Marius Boshoff

Chief Strategy Officer (CSA) WinField United SA

Topic: Sustainability leadership, sowing the seeds and collectively reaping the rewards

Kavita Pema

Group Executive: Sustainability & Transformation, WinField United South Africa

Topic: Integrated sustainability, strong roots and bearing great fruits

Sanjeev Raghubir

Group Sustainability Manager at Shoprite Holdings

Topic: Minimising the impact of climate change on the retail sector

Dr Penny Byrne

ESG Investment Analyst at SBG Securities

Topic: The Social Impacts of the Climate Crisis on African Agriculture

PANEL 4 - WATER SUSTAINABILITY & SECURITY

Ashia Peterson

Director, Sustainable Resource Use & Management, Western Cape Government

Topic: Sustainable Resource Management in Agriculture

Arthur Chapman

Independent Consultant

Topic: Climate Change and Water Security


Professor Adriaan van Niekerk

Industry Affairs Manager, CGA

Topic: Satellite remote sensing for taking stock of water use and availability at regional scales

Professor Martin Steyn

Irrigation Specialist,

Plant and Soil Sciences, UP

Topic: Sustainable use of scarce water resources through good irrigation management practices

PANEL 5 - THE FUTURE IS HERE, MARKET ACCESS AND THE FUTURE OF BIOTECH

Kobus Hartman

CEO, Agri Business Systems International

Topic: Influence of climate change on the marketability of our fresh produce internationally

Paul Hardman

Industry Affairs Manager, CGA

Topic: The impact of global sustainability policies, such as the EU Green Deal, on fruit production and exports

Michelle Lesur

CEO, Andermatt Madumbi


Topic: The (Bio)Logical Solution to a Hot topic!

Dr Xolisa Melamane

Portfolio Manager Commercialization under the Agriculture Business Unit

Topic: Biotechnology solutions for climate change: A TIA perspective

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Day 2

The keynote speakers

panel 3: ESG, sustainability and beyond

Marius Boshoff
Sanjeev Raghubir
Penny Byrne
Kavita Pema

panel 4: water sustainability and security

Ashia Peterson
Arthur Chapman
Prof Adriaan van Niekerk
Prof Martin Steyn

panel 5: the future is here - market access and the future of biotech

Michelle Lesur
Kobus Hartman
Paul Hardman
Xolisa Melamane
Sibusiso Manana